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Man killed in Cleveland shooting was driven but generous business owner, sister says

October 3, 2018

Man killed in Cleveland shooting was driven but generous business owner, sister says

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Cleveland man shot and killed last month was a driven but caring businessman who also used the rental properties he owned to help people in need, his sister said.

Victor Maar Jr. founded a business, Home Restoration Investments, in his mid-20s and owned nine properties in the Greater Cleveland area. He used those properties to give a home to an elderly military veteran, his sister said. Posts on Maar’s Facebook page also include stories of his generosity, such as the time he used one of his homes to store heirlooms that belonged to a friend’s mother.

“He had so much drive, and he cared about his business so much,” said his sister, Wendy Streeter. ”[His death] is a great loss. Lots of people are really down right now.”

Maar, 35, was shot and killed Sept. 16 at a duplex he owned on West 146th Street near Mitchell Avenue. The shooting happened after Maar confronted an 18-year-old man and told him to leave the duplex, Streeter said.

Maar cared deeply for his family -- especially his 2-year-old daughter, his three nieces and his nephew, Streeter said. His 14-year-old nephew – who is Streeter’s son – loves “The Walking Dead,” so Maar made him a prop from the TV show as a gift.

He took his business seriously, but outside of work he was a prankster who loved playing practical jokes. He once gave someone a birthday card with a fake lottery ticket inside, leading them to believe they’d hit the jackpot.

“He was the uncle who was the jokester,” Streeter said.

Maar, who graduated from Lakewood High School, also grew up loving football. He played throughout his youth, and was as passionate about the sport and the Cleveland Browns as he was about his business, his sister said.

“I remember [his team] would lose a game and he’d come home crying,” Streeter said. “That’s how much he loved football.”

Streeter said her brother’s death affects his family and friends, but also the people who worked for him at HRI and the people who lived in the rental properties he owns.

“It’s a great loss to a lot of people in the community,” she said.

Investigators have arrested and charged a man in the deadly shooting, but have released few details about the incident.

Dettrick Walker Jr., 18, of Cleveland is charged with murder and felonious assault in Maar’s killing. He remains in custody at the Cuyahoga County Jail on $500,000 bond.

A Cleveland woman is also charged with obstruction of justice in the case. Courtney Sprachmann, 41, is accused of hiding Walker after the shooting.

Streeter’s stepfather, sister, niece and her sister’s boyfriend were all in the home at the time, and relayed details of the shooting to Streeter, she said.

Maar’s father and sister live in the bottom unit of the West 146th Street duplex where the shooting took place. Maar lived in the duplex, too, but was in the process of moving to a new home. Sprachmann lived in the upstairs unit.

Maar and his father were watching football that afternoon when he learned Walker was upstairs with Sprachmann, Streeter said. Maar had previously told Walker to stay out of the home, so he went upstairs to tell Walker to leave.

An argument ensued, and Maar’s shirt was ripped when he came back downstairs.

Walker had a gun when he came downstairs moments later, and he shot Maar several times, Streeter said.

“My brother never even had a chance,” she said.

Walker ran from the home as Maar’s father went to help his son by giving him CPR, Streeter said.

Maar was taken to MetroHealth for treatment, and he died just before Streeter arrived at the hospital, she said.

MetroHealth doctors told family members that Maar was shot eight times in the back, hand and chest, Streeter said.

Cleveland homicide detectives obtained a warrant for Walker’s arrest and took him into custody Sept. 20 at a home on East 147th Street. Sprachmann is accused of hiding Walker at the home, court records say.

Streeter says she feels betrayed because Maar helped Sprachmann at a difficult time in her life. He gave Sprachmann a job and a place to stay, she said.

“We took her into our family,” Streeter said. “She spent Thanksgiving and Christmas with us.”

Maar’s family and friends are left trying to make sense of a killing that Streeter described as “senseless.”

“It still doesn’t feel real,” she said. “There is just no reason he should be dead right now. Especially not in that brutal nature.”

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